South Korea efficiently test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday, the presidential Blue House mentioned, changing into solely the seventh nation on the earth with the superior expertise.
A missile was fired underwater from the newly-commissioned submarine Ahn Chang-ho, and flew the deliberate distance earlier than hitting its goal, the Blue House mentioned.
President Moon Jae-in supervised the check.
South Korea has been advancing its navy capabilities because it seeks to counter the risk posed by the nuclear-armed North.
It can also be in search of to safe the switch of operational management over its forces in wartime from the US, beneath the phrases of their alliance.
All different international locations with confirmed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capabilities have nuclear weapons of their very own.
Possessing an SLBM was “very meaningful in terms of securing deterrence against omnidirectional threats”, the Blue House mentioned.
“It is expected to play a major role in self-reliant national defence and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula going forward,” it added.
The Ahn Chang-ho, named after a revered independence activist, is an indigenously-developed, diesel-powered 3,000-ton submarine that went into service final month.
Earlier this 12 months the Biden administration eliminated a 42-year-old restriction imposed by Washington stopping the South from creating missiles with an extended vary than 800 kilometres.
For its half, Pyongyang has lengthy sought to develop submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) expertise, and confirmed off 4 such gadgets at a navy parade overseen by chief Kim Jong Un in January, with state media KCNA calling them “the world’s most powerful weapon”.
But whereas North Korea has launched photos of underwater launches, most not too long ago in 2019, analysts consider that was from a set platform or submersible barge, quite than a submarine.
In January, Kim advised a congress of his ruling Workers’ Party that the North had accomplished plans for a nuclear-powered submarine.
Any such vessel is more likely to be years away from going into service, however analysts say it may very well be a strategic game-changer, enabling Pyongyang to launch a shock strike underwater even when its land-based forces had been destroyed.
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